Thanks to CMJ, there are hundreds of things you could do in the city this weekend. There are too many bands we love playing too many shows, acting as the “secret guest” at epic concerts that we regret not going to, and walking down the streets and hanging out in bars like us real people do. It’s all very overwhelming. We suggest that you give yourself a break from the madness, abandon your planners and iCals, and take at least one night off this weekend to dance it out. DJs are not rock stars, but at least they won’t make you wait three hours to start having a good time.
In Brooklyn, try the CMJ of electronic music at the massive Electric Warehouse’s Monster Mash. It’s a little early for Halloween if you ask us, but everyone’s gotta try a little harder to compete this week. The all-night (into afterhours) fete plays host to every kind of local — electroclash innovator Larry Tee, the scratch-friendly hip-hop expert Rob Swift, funk fiends Fort Knox Five, and techno-house duo Sleepy & Boo included. There are about 20 others, too (full lineup here), and costumes are encouraged. All ages, all night and $25 at the door. Get weird! In good old Williamsburg, we’ll send you over to this month’s edition of Turbotax at the Cove. Dutch bass maestro Martyn headlines the fete alongside the U.S. debut of the U.K.’s Optimum. Tickets are $5 with an RSVP or $7 at the door, including an open bar early in the night. If you’re up for something a little more laid back, make your way over to Trophy Bar for tonight’s Close Encounters: We’ll expect some disco, hip-hop, funk, and the like from Fully Fitted’s Ghostdad and resident DJ Pumpkin Patch. Free all night.
What we recommend for those staying city-side is a first for this column: Pachita. This third floor of midtown super-club Pacha hosts a lineup we think is worth straying from the CMJ-drenched Lower East Side for. Tonight, Palms Out Sounds and Prefix Magazine bring out a huge group of DJs from all over the place: Tropical-house duo Savage Skulls and electro-bass-dancehall producer Douster headline the 15-act club fete (those two just released their “Get Rich or High Trying” record together, too). Other acts include the Dubbel Dutch, Tim Dolla, and Brenmar. Tickets are $5 with RSVP, $10 at the door.
For something a little less intense (and a little closer to the rest of the world), head to subMercer for Plant Music’s CMJ soiree. They’ve made it clear that they won’t be raving or partying hard — instead, you should consider this basement den a smooth, disco- and house-laden refuge. The label’s Stretch Armstrong and Dominique Keegan man the decks all night with help from a “special guest.” No idea who it will be, but if they’re a friend of Stretch Armstrong’s, it’s bound to be good. Free all night.
On Saturday night, there’s only three places we’d want to be. Start your night off early at the Fader Fort for the grand finale of their four-day pop-up concert venue on the Lower East Side. There are bands that we like (Tanlines, Glasser, and Royal Bangs included) earlier in the afternoon, but we suggest you stick it out for the last performance of the night by one Waka Flocka Flame. Yeah, that’s really happening. It’s free, too (just make sure you RSVP). There’s an open bar and DJ sets by Venus X (of Ghe20 G0th1k, a/k/a our new favorite party), Catchdubs, and A-Trak to entertain you between acts as well.
Don’t worry about missing A-Trak, though, as Fool’s Gold is hosting their three-year anniversary bash at Brooklyn Bowl later in the night. (It’s part of Pitchfork‘s #Offline, kind of, so you’ll probably want to get there on the early side and buy your tickets now.) The usual cast of characters make an appearance to celebrate, including DJ sets by A-Trak, Treasure Fingers, Kingdom, and live performances by rappers Cyhi Da Prince and Donnis. We appreciate it all, but are even more stoked for a special live MPC session by Dipset cohort and producer Araab Muzik. He’s pretty unbelievable live — trust us.
Just across the way at Public Assembly, JDH and Dave P bring Philadelphia’s massive Making Time party to FIXED. Considering their shared member, it doesn’t really change much for this techno-house-driven dance extravaganza, but we’re eager enough to appreciate the implied awesomeness of the combo. Double the party, double the fun. Tonight’s showcase features the electro-rock stylings of dual headliners Matthew Dear and Holy Ghost, along with compatriots in synthy-jams Crocodiles, Javelin, and Gold Panda. Dave P and JDH man the turntables between sets for what is bound to be a lovely, glittery, dance-y spectacular. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door — we believe it’ll sell out, so get there early!